Research Supervisors

The supervisor is the key person in a research-based graduate degree program. The principal role of the supervisor is to help students achieve their scholastic potential and to chair the student’s Supervisory Committee. The Supervisor will provide reasonable commitment, accessibility, professionalism, stimulation, guidance, respect and consistent encouragement to the student. Learn more

Graduate programs have different expectations regarding prospective students contacting facult members. Some require commitment of a faculty member as supervisor prior to applying while others assign supervisors in the first year. Please review the requirements for each program in the degree listing under the heading "Admission Information & Requirements" in step 3 "Prepare Application" under "Supervision".

Name Rolesort ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Jarus, Tal Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Stull, Roland Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Green, David Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Murphy, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Lam, Wan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Kruecken, Reiner Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Milligan, Kevin Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Ramana, M. V. Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Carrabre, T. Patrick Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
McNagny, Kelly Marshall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Farrell, Anthony Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology, Department of Zoology
Kieffer, Tim Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Surgery
Brauer, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Cavell, Richard Anthony Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Dobson, Teresa Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Jarvis-Selinger, Sandra Ann Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Brooks, Donald Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Chemistry
Schneider, Thomas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Stairs, Ingrid Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Siu, Henry Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Buchanan, Marla Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Cheek, Timothy Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of History
Wright, Handel Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Wu, Lang Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Chang, Thomas Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Zumbo, Bruno Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Shechter, Steven Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Shannon, Kate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Hayden, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Girling, Cynthia Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Condon, Patrick Michael Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Frank, Lawrence Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health, School of Community and Regional Planning
Hodgson, Antony Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Cenfetelli, Ronald Timothy Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Anderson, Kristin Siwan Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Vertinsky, Ilan Boris Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Mikelberg, Frederick Samuel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Sinclair, Chadwick Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Orvig, Christopher E Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Simard, Suzanne Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Schonert-Reichl, Kimberly Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Krausz, Reinhard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Morgan, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Meneilly, Graydon Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine
Little, James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Kissoon, Niranjan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Money, Deborah Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Tremlett, Helen Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Wilcox, Pearce Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Sutherland, Jason Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health

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    Reaching Out Tips

    Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!

    Check requirements
    • Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
    • Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" or on the program website.
    Focus your search
    • Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
    • Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
      • Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
      • Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
    Make a good impression
    • Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
      • Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
      • Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
    • Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
    • Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to pique someone’s interest.
    • Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
      • Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
      • Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
    • Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
    Attend an information session

    G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.